Raymond Terry Fitzhugh was born in Pasadena, California on 26 January 1935 and attended Eliot Junior High and Muir High School. He joined the Marines on 25 March 1952 prior to graduating. He served in Korea and Viet Nam with the 5th and 7th Marine Regiment. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Navy Commendation for heroic action and 22 additional awards. He retired as a Sergeant Major in 1988.
He leaves behind his wife Ikuko, sons Michael Kalani Fitzhugh, Mitchel Kakane Fitzhugh and Kele Fitzhugh, step children Etsuko Kinjo, Linda Zehm, Herbert Thompson, 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.